Local literacy and learning programs focused on adults, families and Indigenous people arrive in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as part of $ 2.9 million provincial fund for community literacy program adults.
In Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, funding will go to the Adult Lifelong Learning Program run by the Katzie Literacy Committee of Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows.
There are 97 programs in 128 communities that receive funding, part of which is a one-time top-up fund for the year 2021/22.
Programs are generally offered free in local communities.
“The daily impact of literacy on our communities will be felt for generations,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Higher Education and Vocational Training. “Literacy and numeracy programs help people fill out application forms, understand health information, help children with homework, budget household budgets, and read and understand labels. It goes beyond that too. For many adult learners, literacy programs are an important first step on an educational journey to post-secondary education as they work toward career and life goals for themselves and their families.
“Giving people the opportunity to improve their literacy opens up many possibilities,” said Lisa Beare, MPP for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “It can mean anything from being more financially independent to spending time reading with your kids. This investment in a lifelong learning program for adults will be a great addition to our community.
Literacy programs typically include one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction that supports all levels of literacy. In 2020, many programs have switched to providing online services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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